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Grade: All Grades

METHODS OF CONSIDERATION: COMPETITIVE MERIT PROMOTION: This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional (status) appointment in the competitive service, and reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service), applying to a position at a higher grade or with more promotion potential than previously held on a permanent basis. This also includes VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service). You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. - SF-50 and/or veterans documentation).
NON-COMPETITIVE & SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES: This includes applicants that have previously held or currently hold the equivalent full performance level of the grade/band of the vacant position. This also includes candidates eligible under special hiring authorities such as 30% Disabled Veterans, Certain Military Spouses, Peace Corp, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, etc. For more information about non-competitive appointments and special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp . You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive appointment or special hiring authority.
SCHEDULE A: This authority is for certain applicants with disabilities. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability. As proof of disability, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e. State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability must be included in the application package. For more information and proof required see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
1 From the description above please select how you want to be considered for this vacancy. Answer to this question is required
  • Competitive Merit Promotion
  • Non-Competitive or Special Hiring Authorities
  • Schedule A
2 Have you held a permanent Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Federal Government at the full performance level of this position as stated in the promotion potential section of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 If you are currently or have previously held a permanent Career or Career Condidional position in the Federal Government, what is the highest GS equivalent grade level you have held? Your response MUST be supported by a SF-50 submitted with your application.
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  • No
3 Have you served in the previous five (5) years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
  • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
5 In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 I authorize the sharing of my application for other similar positions from this job announcement within NOAA. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 I meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Oceanographer, 1360 Series because I have: Answer to this question is required
  • A degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.
  • A combination of education and experience--course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I do not meet the Individual Occupational Requirement for the Oceanographer, 1360 Series.
8 ZP-4: In addition to the meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement, do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-3) or GS-12 grade level in the federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Select the statement that best describes your experience with ocean science research projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified research opportunities, framed research parameters and located and secured funding sources and am responsible for approval of final research results.
  • I manage research projects, allocate funding, approve and oversee project plans and review and approve reports of findings.
  • I am responsible for my assigned segments of a research project, I oversee work of scientists and provide guidance to scientists assigned to this research. I organize and evaluate the results of the research.
  • I participate as a scientist on research projects. I organize my research, evaluate results and prepare reports of findings.
  • I perform research assignments under the direction of a senior scientist or the supervisor. My work is reviewed for accuracy and completeness.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
10

Select the statement that best describes your experience collecting observational data for oceanographic research.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as the Principal Investigator for research projects focused on oceanographic research.
  • I have served as a co-Principal Investigator for research projects focused oceanographic research, but never as the Principal Investigator.
  • I have not served as a co-Principal Investigator or Principal Investigator for research projects focused on oceanographic research.
11

Select the statement that best describes your experience performing research for an oceanographic research project.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted oceanographic research as a Principal Investigator, leading a research project of international scope.
  • I have acted as a Principal Investigator of an oceanographic research project of national scope.
  • I have conducted oceanographic research as a Co-Principal Investigator, helping to develop research projects.
  • I have contributed to research projects as a team member, working independently after given general guidance by the Principal Investigator, sometimes developing my own analysis methodologies and software.
  • I have no experience performing research for an oceanographic research project.
12

What is your level of experience developing data applications to assess scientific information to support a program or project?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training with developing data applications to assess scientific information to support a program or project and have performed these duties as a regular part of my job with no supervision.
  • I have had education but no formal training with developing data applications to assess scientific information to support a program or project and have performed these duties as a regular part of my job with limited supervision.
  • I have had some education but no formal training with developing data applications to assess scientific information to support a program or project and have performed these duties as a regular part of my job with close supervision.
  • I have not had education or training performing these tasks.
13 Do you have experience in the application of spatial and temporal scientific analysis of oceanographic (including CTD) data? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had advanced education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have assisted the application of spatial and temporal scientific analysis of oceanographic with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have contributed to the application of spatial and temporal scientific analysis of oceanographic (including CTD) data, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have led or supervised the application of spatial and temporal scientific analysis of oceanographic (including CTD) data and/or I have trained others and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
14

Select the statement that best describes your experience in overseeing projects or programs for the improvement of ocean climate prediction.

Answer to this question is required
  • I manage programs/projects that explicitly focus on the improvement of ocean climate prediction. I am responsible for establishing milestones, budgets, overseeing the entire research effort.
  • I am responsible for an assigned segment of programs/projects that involve ocean climate prediction, ensuring milestones were met and expenditures were within the approved budget.
  • I am assigned tasks to complete in support of programs/projects that involve ocean climate prediction. A senior scientist or my supervisor reviews my work for accuracy and completeness.
  • I do not have experience overseeing projects or programs that relate to ocean climate prediction.
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Which of the following best describes your experience developing scopes of work & overseeing performance requirements of an oceanographic research team?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
16

Select the statement that best describes your experience providing technical guidance for an oceanographic research team.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience providing technical guidance to an oceanographic research team on a regular and reoccurring basis.
  • I have limited experience providing technical guidance to an oceanographic research team on occasion.
  • I have experience as a team member of an oceanographic research team.
  • I do not have experience providing technical guidance to an oceanographic research team, but I have experience providing technical guidance to an oceanographic research project.
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
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Do you have experience developing performance measures for an oceanographic research program for the purpose of monitoring effectiveness in meeting the goals and objectives of a strategic plan?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have led a team that was responsible for the development and tracking of performance measures for an oceanographic research program to monitor effectiveness in meeting the goals and objectives of a strategic plan.
  • I have led or contributed to the development of performance measures for oceanographic related research programs to monitor effectiveness in meeting the goals and objectives of a strategic plan.
  • I have developed and tracked performance measures for evaluating the effectiveness of a scientific research program in meeting strategic plans.
  • I am familiar with programmatic performance measurements for determining effectiveness of meeting strategic goals.
  • I have no experience with such measurements.
18 Do you have experience and the ability as an oceanographer working with a team of scientists or other professionals at sea or on land to plan and accomplish goals for the group? Answer to this question is required
  • I have led a team of scientists or other professionals both at sea and on land to plan and accomplish goals for the group.
  • I have co-led a team of scientists or other professionals either at sea or on land to plan and accomplish goals for the group.
  • I have contributed to a team of scientists or other professionals either at sea or on land to plan and accomplish goals for the group.
  • I have assisted a team of scientists or other professionals either at sea or on land to plan and accomplish goals for the group.
  • I have no experience in any of these areas.
19

Which best describes your skills in written communications surrounding data management and observational oceanography?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience preparing scientific papers. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I have supervised/lead others in the performance of this task.
  • As a regular and recurring part of my work duties, I have prepared scientific papers. I have performed these tasks independently and normally without review by a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I have limited experience preparing scientific papers. I have performed this task on an infrequent basis and not as a regular and recurring part of my work duties. My work is monitored by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance.
  • I have received formal education or training in preparing scientific papers, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
20

Please select the statement that best describes your accomplishments as a researcher in terms of scientific publications.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have published in a peer reviewed scientific journal as a co-author.
  • I have published in a peer reviewed scientific journal as a lead author.
  • I have published in peer reviewed scientific journal as a lead author in the field of oceanography.
  • I have published in several peer reviewed scientific journals as a lead author in the field of oceanography.
  • None of the above.